Apple Compote - Phase 1

Do you love applesauce? I do. Especially warm. When my daughter was little and we were poor as heck, I would make a cobbler with applesauce. It was SO good straight out of the oven... maybe I will write up the recipe some time for you.

I love applesauce on pancakes, on biscuits, on toast, on blueberry bread... Sometimes I like it sweet, sometimes not. 

Here is the kicker- store bought applesauce is not approved for FMD.

BUT- you can make your own very easily.

Chop some apples, add sweetener if you like, or not. Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, my Pumpkin Pie Spice, mace, ginger, cloves- or no spice at all. Your choice. 
You can bake it in the oven, or cook it in a pan on the stove. Mash it to your liking. Leave it chunky. It is so easy to prep this ahead of time, and you can have apple "sauce" all Phase 1. Cook this while you cook Sunday dinner and you will have apple compote put up for the week ahead. Double the recipe if you want. 
Adjust portions for your weight loss goal. Portion this and freeze it. 

Grab your apples and a knife (safely, of course) and let's go.

Apple Compote
Phase 1
Makes 4 standard servings

4 cups chopped apples (I like Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji- but use your favorite cooking apple. If you do not know if it is cooking or eating, simply ask The Google)
1/4 tsp cinnamon- or more, if you want
1/2 tsp powdered stevia- or not. Use more if you want, less. Up to you. Use xylitol if you want.
Tiny pinch of sea salt (never table salt)
Nutmeg, ginger, mace, cloves- pinches here or there. You decide.

Stovetop method:
Wash the apples and chop. Leave the peel on. I like to use 2 kinds of apples, and chop them in different size pieces. 

Chuck them into a skillet over medium high heat- add the salt and toss or stir. Cook for a couple of minutes, until they start to brown just a bit. 

Throw in a splash of water and let simmer for 4 minutes. Add sweetener and spices if using and stir... cook 1 minute or until the apples are just soft. The smaller you chop them, the less time to cook. 
Mash with a fork or potato masher, run through a food processor- whatever you fancy. 
Portion and freeze if you need.

Easy Method:
Chop the apples and throw them into a baking dish, along with a pinch of salt, the sweetener and spices if you are using. Add a tiny splash of water. Stir. Wack it in a hot oven (375 degrees) for about 15 minutes or so. Check at 10 minutes. Bake just until apples are soft- not longer. Mash as you please. 

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